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Published On: Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

FCT NAWOJ charges INEC on voters registration, PVC distribution

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By Ochiaka Ugwu

In a quest to sustain her engagement with the society, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has admonished Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to sustain the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), as well as continue the registration process, so as to capture those who will attain the voting age before February polls.

The group made this known in a statement by the Chairperson FCT NAWOJ, Felicia Chukwurah, and it reads “We urge INEC to ensure that they register Nigerians who will be attaining the voting age of 18years, before14th, February, 2015, the commencement of the elections, as captured in the 1999, Nigerian Constitution, so as not to disenfranchise these class of Nigerians who should be giving privilege of participating in the process for the first time.”

The statement also urged INEC to explore all legal options to ensure that all eligible voters get their PVCs, so that they can also participate in shaping the future of their country, adding that it will give the electorate a sense of belonging, as true citizens.

Chukwurah, further called on politicians in the country and FCT, in particular, to carry out issue based campaigns and eschew inciting statements that can breed violence and urged youths to avoid being used as weapons of destruction during elections by desperate politicians.

NAWOJ equally advised female journalists mostly those on political beat to uphold the ethic of the profession by reporting objectively, warning that erring members would be punished accordingly.


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